Anyone who was fortunate enough to be in the Barclays Center on Wednesday night should count themselves among the most fortunate rock music fans ever. Why? The Who performed their renowned, revered rock opera Quadrophenia in it's entirety. Anyone curious about how it sounded? Apparently, awesome, start to finish.
I found at least one pretty solid video that gives us a good idea of what the show was like. Behold, The Who performing "5:15":
Wow. Just wow. I can only hope that we'll all get to see The Who tour this time out.
The decision to play Quadrophenia was made, at least in part, to celebrate The Who's 48th anniversary. And last year, a special deluxe addition of the album was released. In case you were wondering, according to Rolling Stone, The Who reproduced Quadrophenia exactly, right down to the sound effects.
Apparently The Who decided to forego the over-the-top drama that marred similar performances twice before (1973 and 1997). Good for them for realizing that sometimes, a truly outstanding opus needs to stand on it's own, without all the gobbledy gook. Quadrophenia is amazing, and I'm heartened to hear that the third attempt was the charm.
Quadrophenia is probably one of my top 10 favorite rock albums ever, so the very idea that maybe, just maybe, I'll get to see this performed on the upcoming Who tour blows my mind. The band is playing a lot of U.S. cities, so be sure to check and see if they're coming your way. At the moment, I'm not sure I'll be able to travel to see the band, but you can bet I'm going to try!